Well, I was having a great day yesterday. tearing up endless miles of gravel and dirt roads through middle GA and having a blast on the byways as well. Then I decided to go ahead and change my oil since it was about due, and I was at the auto shop anyways for a car battery.
Well, I got to working and wasn't paying much attention and I slapped the usual 14 on the socket and gave her a nice firm turn.........in the wrong direction!
What a bonehead move! As soon as I felt it I knew, and sure enough I stripped off a couple of threads from the aluminum case which came out on the bolt.
SO.... the options:
1) Have the hole welded/re bored, or have a heli coil/ time sert installed after re boring. I have a friend who can do this work, but it would be money and time, and transporting the bike 6 hours round trip twice to make that happen. IF MY TEST FAILS THIS WILL BE MY ONLY OPTION.
2) Cut a new bolt that is longer to grab the threads. I know this has worked for some. Okay, okay.
3) An over-sized plug. NO. They rarely work well, and when they do it only holds a seal for a change or two before it doesn't.
4) Then I found Eco Plug. Google it if you haven't heard of it. I was skeptical. The magnetic piece seems to have no reliability concern after people's extended use, and is rated to hold oil for 300 years or something, but I have yet to find out if I will get a good seal from the apoxy and tapered bolt. The reviews are almost all great and praising how easy of a fix it provides for those who find themselves under my current misfortune, and is a much better/cheaper alternative at under $20. IF IT WORKS WELL.
SO.... since I couldn't find anyone's testimony of how this performs on our bikes, I thought I would start a thread to talk about MY experience with it so that we can all learn together. I will be your guinea pig. If it has leaks at any point, I will divert to option 1 and charlie-mike.